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America, Spirit of Modern Unitarianism in, 267. India Missions, 52,
Judas' Testimony to Christ, 159.
Leighton, Archbishop, Extracts from, 25.
Mackenzie, Henry and Frank, 169.
Mercantile Morality. 116.
Mission Field, Gleanings from the, 127.
-- in India, Our, 207, 247, 301, 343.
Missions, Foreign, 278.
Newton, Adelaide L., 236
Note by the Editor, 380.
Notes from my Crimean Journal, 89, 146.
Notice to Correspondents, 288.
NOTICES OF Books—
Ladie's Analytical Concordance to the Holy
Anderson's Pleasures of Home, 62.
Gloag's Treatise on Justification by Faith, 160.
Brodie's Rational Creation, 192.
The Tongue of Fire, 379.
Nova Scotia, the Church in, 282.
Nursery, Wellington Industrial, 276.
Parish Schools and the Privy Council Grants,
Patagonian Mission, the, 87, 378,
Judge Not, 9.
To One who Wished to Look into the Future,
Sabbath Bells, 51.
A Voice from Heaven, 141.
To me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, 173.
The Changed Cross, 206.
Winter Song, 246.
Light in Darkness, 288.
In Remembrance of the Old Year, 294. ;
On the Affections, 307.
Robin Redbreast, 320.
The Faint Heart Revived, 326.
SERMONS BY :Discipline, 339.
The Rev. William Snodgrass, St. Paul's, Mon. A Field Flower, 364.
treal, 321. Bonnet on Sorrow, 364.
J. G. Young, Minister of Monifieth, Popery in Two Aspects, 312.
1357. Psalmody, 73, 151, 186, 240, 269, 318, 373.
Sinai and Palestine, 16, 41, 208. Readings from the Gospel of St. Luke, 70, 102.
Small Works and Great Motives, 339.
Talfourd's, Sergeant, Last Charge, 15.
Thoughts on the Person of Christ, 166, 232, 358, Sabbath Schools in France, 223.
True Rest for Man, 316. Sacred Poets, Milton, 81, 82, “ Scepticism, the Credulity of,” 7.
Unitarianism, Spirit of Modern, in America, 267. Scottish Education Question, the, 281.
United States, Nineteenth Annual Report of Self Denial, 5.
Board of Education in, 285.
Union with Christ, 5.
John Wylie, D.D , Carluke, 65, 289. War, The, What have we gained by ? 44.
Wellington Industrial Nursery, 276..
Women, Education of, Is it what it ought to
Woman's Work, 199.
EDINBURGH CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE.
By the Rev. R. J. JOHNSTONE, M.A., Minister of Logie.
"I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."
MALACHI iii. 6.
To perceive the singular force of this heaven as was at that period peculiar to announcement as made specially to the himself. Thus Abraham lived; and we posterity of Abraham, we must attend are assured that he “ died in faith, not for a moment to the relation which sub- having received the promises.” But sisted between them and the Almighty. although he to whom they were originally
The circumstances in which they had made was thus not destined to enjoy all along been placed were altogether them, yet these promises were to be fulpeculiar to themselves, and distinct from filled, for “ He was faithful who had those of any other people. In the un- | promised.” And accordingly we find the searchable riches of His wisdom, and in same love and favour which had been furtherance of His great and benevolent shewn to Abraham transferred to his designs towards the whole family of posterity, after he had been gathered to Adam, Jehovah had selected them as a his fathers. The history of Isaac presents seed to serve Him, and as the deposi- us with evidence the most conclusive of taries of His mind and will. To their the special guidance of the Most High, great and illustrious progenitor, who -and that of Jacob and his family, from was distinguished for the liveliness and the time that he became the servant of strength of his faith, He bad given the Laban, till he died in Egypt, surrounded assurance that He would make of him by a long line of descendants, affords a “a great nation, and that He would bless most illustrious confirmation of the him and make his name great, and that words: “I will make of thee a great in him should all families of the earth be nation, and I will bless thee and make blessed." In fulfilment of that promise, thy name great." From this period we we are afterwards informed that God was can no longer recognise individuals, or a always with Abraham,—that goodness! particular family, as heirs of the promise, and mercy were made to follow him all because that part of it had so far received the days of his life,--and that he was its accomplishment: “I will make of thee specially blessed with many important a great nation." For the descendants of divine communications, and with such Jacob, or of Israel, as he afterwards was a knowledge of the doings and designs of called, increased so abundantly, and mul
tiplied, and waxed so exceeding mighty | and previous to their final departure in the land of Egypt, that in Abraham's from Egypt, I shall not pretend to seed, and the inheritors of Abraham's speak. They are far too numerous to be blessing, we have now to contemplate, reckoned up, but in every one of them not the members of a single family, but an example is afforded us of His strict the collected members of a great nation, and steadfast adherence to the word even mightier than those among whom which He hath spoken to His servant they sojourned. In this capacity, we Abraham. For this cause Pharaoh was still find that Jehovah was with them,- afflicted, and his country made desolate, that the lapse of ages had produced no and its rivers turned into blood, while change upon His purposes, but that He the land of Goshen, where Israel dwelt, still continued faithful to His word, that was flourishing in all its wonted fertility, “blessing He would bless them.” And For this, the first-born of Egypt were of this He afforded the strongest proofs, slain, and every house filled with lamenunder otherwise disastrous circumstances. tation, while the babes of Israel reWith their need His exertions were in-mained unburt. For this was a pascreased, and for constant displays of His sage opened through the deep, and the affection towards them, nothing but oc- sea was made dry, and the waters were casions ever were awanting. For while as walls on the right and on the left of they were thus prospering in Egypt, so the chosen heritage ; and to shew that that even “the land was filled with this passage was for them alone, the them," there arose a new king over waters closed on the Egyptians who Egypt who knew not Joseph. Now had pursued them, and "covered the chariots the time of their trial come, and bad not and the horsemen and all the host of God remembered and been faithful to His Pharaoh, so that there remained not so promise, now also had been the time of much as one of them." their extinction. But although reduced Thus, during the first age of their to the capacity of slaves, and subjected to history did Jehovah fulfil, in innumerable more than slavish endurance,-although instances, that which He had spoken unto a worse motive than avarice actuated their father Abraham: “I will make of those who maintained for a season the thee a great nation, and I will bless thee dominicn over them, and induced them and make thy name great, and I will bless to demand an impracticable service,- them that bless thee, and curse him that although the most inhuman means were curseth thee," &c. resorted to prevent their increase, and But we now come to a period in the put a stop to their growing power, yet history of Israel, at which Jehovah's do we find that the more they were faithfulness as a covenant keeping God afflicted, the more they multiplied, and was even more remarkably and strikingly 60 presented in these, as in other circum- exhibited. · Not that He was more steadstances, an evidence of the faithfulness fast to His word than He had been beof Him who had promised, hundreds of fore, for that was not possible; His dealyears before: “I will make of thee a ings from the very first having shewn, great nation, and I will bless thee and that with Him there was “no variable. make thy name great, and I will bless ness, neither shadow of turning ;” but them that bless thee," &c.
that He continued to be so under other But for the full performance of His circumstances, and under such circumword, it was now requisite that the stances as in human estimation would children of Israel should leave the place have amply justified a different proceof their temporary sojourn, and take dure. possession of that land whereof God had During all the preceding period--from said to Abraham: “Unto thy seed will the days of Abrabam till the departure I give this land.” Of the amazing in from Egypt,--we are not made aware of terpositions of His power on their behalf, any course of conduct on the part of which they received upon this occasion, Abraham's posterity, fitted so to provoke the displeasure of Jehovah, as to induce | shew that indeed they were Abraham's Him to forsake them_retract what He children, and heirs of the promise ? had promised, and cast them off for ever. Did they evidence a spirit different from That there was sin even then among that of the deluded nations from which them, and that it did prevail, without in- they had been separated, and shew that termission and without exception, from they were fit to value the knowledge of Abraham, to those who departed in the Most High, and be announced to surtriumph from the land of bondage, there rounding nations as the chosen of the can be no question ; but yet, it was not | Lord ? Had such been their demeanour sin like unto that which they afterwards then could we not have wondered that committed; for we have no reason to the “Bong of Jacob ” were “not consuppose that they ever had forsaken the sumed”-because their God was “the God of their fathers, forgotten the duty Lord who changeth not," but to them which they owed to Him, or given and to their children, we should have that worship which was His to the idols confidently looked for the fulfilment of and vanities of Egypt. No! as Abra- all that was promised unto Abraham ham's children, they had remained the when this language was addressed to servants of Abraham's God, and what-him: “I will make of thee a great ever were their shortcomings, their nation, and I will bless thee and make follies or their crimes, assuredly they thy name great, and I will bless them had not been aggravated by giving that that bless thee, and curse him that glory which was due to the Creator of curseth thee, and in thee shall all fami. the universe alone, to the senseless works lies of the earth be blessed.” · But of their own hands. But when we follow Israel, borne as on eagle's wiogs, went them from Egypt, trace their wanderings out of Egypt, and what was the result ! through the desert, and finally contem- They went after the idols of the heathen, plate them put in possession of the land | and worshipped the works of their own of promise, we behold a state of things hands! They forsook the Lord who very different. The sons of Jacob are had bought them, who had broken their miserably changed, and, in human judg- bands asunder, and made the oppressed ment, more than sufficient grounds are to go free! Although the Lord went afforded for the withdrawment of heaven's before them in a pillar of cloud by day, protection, and for the forfeiture, of every to lead them in the way, and in a pillar promised blessing. For after the good of fire by night, to give them light, yet ness and mercy which had followed them, in their deep infatuation they thus re-after their deliverance from the jaws solved among themselves: “Let us make of famine by the providential interference us gods who may go before us;” and of Jehovah,-after the Lord had caused although the Lord had miraculously them to increase and multiply exceed-shewn himself to be their God and ingly, and made them, who had been but Saviour, yet did they make unto thema despised remnant, a mighty nation, selves a calf, and they worshipped it, and after He had carried them victorious and sacrificed thereunto, and said : “These triumphant beyond the power and malice be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought of their enemies, reversing even, on their. thee out of the land of Egypt!" And behalf, the laws by which He governed did the Lord now forsake them, when the universe,-after all these proofs, and they had so shamefully forsaken Himn ? many more than these of the love where- Did His wrath wax very hot against with He loved them, and the scrupulous, them, to consume them even from off unyielding steadfastness with which the earth? Was His love turned into He held to the word that He had hatred, as well it might, and the blesspassed, that “ blessing He would bless ings wherewith He had blessed them, them," how did they act, or what followed with a righteous and eternal, proof did they afford of their attach-curse ?-Ought it not to lave been so ment and their gratitude ? Did they if He is unchangeable, for is not sin